At one point in my life I held a ministry position with a parachurch organization that required I travel frequently. I would travel around the country teaching at seminars and conferences while representing the ministry. During one airplane ride I overheard a remarkable—though disturbing—conversation. Across the aisle sat two 30-something guys. Roughly my age, these two men were young professionals. One was a doctor fresh out of medical school and the other a mid-executive with an investment firm. What perked my interest was when the young medical student asserted he was a Christian. Almost immediately the business man began mocking the Christian faith. Though under the pretense of good-natured humor, the young doctor was mocked for “talking to the invisible man upstairs” and “believing that the blood of a dead man washes away our sins”. Eventually the young doctor grew tired of the teasing and suggested they talk about something else. The remarkable part was what occurred next. The young business man said, “Don’t worry, I’m just teasing you. I’m actually a Christian myself”.
That is when I joined the conversation. Turing to the young finance executive I asked him how, if he had committed his life to Jesus, he could mock the other man’s faith—even if it were only in jest. His reply was haunting. He said, “Oh most Christians are too stuffy and take this stuff too seriously. I was just trying to lighten the mood.”
I remember a quote I once ran across from C.H. Spurgeon. He said, “Any kind of faith in Christ which does not change your life is the faith of devils, and it will take you where the devils are, but it will never take you to heaven.” A true disciple of Jesus Christ longs to see his Savior’s name honored and cherished. Because he has been radically set free by Christ’ sacrifice, he yearns to see others set free and rejoices when he meets someone who has likewise been changed by Jesus’ love.
”Now sirs! Any kind of faith in Christ which does not change
your life is the faith of devils, and it will take you where the
devils are, but it will never take you to heaven.”
- C.H. Spurgeon